There was a bit of chaos on ABC‘s talkshow program, The View, when on Friday, two of the four hosts, Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin, were dramatically told to leave as the show was being broadcast live after testing positive for COVID.
This left the two remaining hosts, Joy Behar and Sara Haines, to struggle on with the show.
It has since been revealed that the COVID tests for the two cohosts, Navarro and Hostin, were false positives. They did not have COVID.
Both cohosts had received two tests, a PCR test and antigen test, that showed they had COVID. Both tests were wrong as a third test revealed they did not have COVID.
But this live demonstration dramatically reveals how inaccurate these COVID tests actually are and calls into question how many people actually have COVID in the US.
And it even demonstrates that officials are well aware of this inaccuracy as they tested the two cohosts three times. Why would you test multiple times if you are convinced the tests are always right?
Of course, my favourite story about COVID tests took place last fall, when 13 members of the University of Arizona’s football team tested positive for COVID.
Did the team panic? No.
They just tested them again and this time only two tested positive. With that kind of accuracy, I would have tested the remaining two a third time. READ: University says false positive inflated COVID numbers 600% among group of athletes
And, I still remember the outrage among the twitter trolls, when Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out this tweet:
Or the bizarre story about Grammy Award singer Erykah Badu who tested positive for COVID in her left nostril, and negative in her right nostril. READ: Grammy Winner Erykah Badu Questions Coronavirus Test Results: ‘Left Nostril Positive. Right Nostril Negative’